Canadian Cuisine

Canadian cuisine, which varies widely by region and its peoples. This cuisine combines the customs and traditions of the first three peoples’ kitchens of Canada, which are rooted in English, Scottish and French, and these provincial kitchens expanded after the subsequent waves of immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. From Central, Eastern, Southern, South Asia, East Asia and the Caribbean. Despite the ability to identify some of the dishes as Canadian depending on the ingredients used, or the area, it is difficult to define a complete style of Canadian cuisine. One Canadian official once said that Canadian cuisine is a kitchen and that it is a university of dishes from other cultures’ kitchens.   Poutine: Is a popular and very famous dish, first appeared in Quebec in 1950, consists of fingers of fried potatoes, cheddar cheese, sauce and chicken or beef broth, and the biotin eat low-cost high-calorie.   Nova Scotia Donair: It is sometimes called Maritime donair or Halifax donair. It is a famous snack or snack, including hot beef in French bread, topped with tomatoes, onions, sweet milk sauce, garlic powder, sugar and vinegar.   Nanaimo Bars: It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custardflavoured butter icing which is covered with melted chocolate made from chocolate squares. Lobster Roll: Meat mixed with mayonnaise, served in hotdog sandwich toaster.   ——- Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver!    

Vancouver's Bike Share System

Meet Vancouver’s Bike Share System!

A couple of months ago, we showed you how to move around Vancouver using the best apps you can find. For those that are into cycling, it’s time to show you how Vancouver’s public bike share system works. Mobi by Shaw Go was launched last summer and became very popular because it is fast and simple to use. All you need to do is download the app (App Store / Google Play) or visit mobibikes.ca to register. About the cost, there are many ways you can pay – daily, monthly, or annual pass – but for all of them a credit card will be required. Vancouver’s Bike Share system was made for casual and short rides but you don’t need to worry. The city also has lots of local bike rental shops. If you want more than an hour ride, we recommend you check a local bike shop near you. ==== Come, explore Vancouver and Study English in Canada with EC!

A night out with EC staff in Vancouver

There are oodles of amazing restaurants in Vancouver! Last Saturday, some of the EC staff went out for dinner in one of them – a lovely Lebanese restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Jam Jar, located at Commercial Drive, and their specialty is food to share as a means to connect. Indeed, we shared our food and we had a blast! The food was very fresh, well flavored with many exotic spices and uniquely served in beautiful dishes. Here are some impressions of the food that they served to us: We started off with with Hummus and Tabbouli served with Saj, a traditional Lebanese flatbread. Followed by Chicken Yakhni and brown rice as our main dish. To finish off we had the Jamjar of the day as dessert; red velvet cake and vanilla ice cream. Gorgeous! Two of our interns at EC Vancouver – Mari and Mako were obviously happy about the delicious food. We rounded out the night at Mark’s, one of our EC teacher, concert. It was a delightful evening! Share your dinner experiences in Vancouver with us – comment on the blog or leave us a message on our Facebook page! ===== Are you interested to learn English in Vancouver? EC offers many courses such as IELTS in Canada.

Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th

Mother’s Day Mother’s Day in Canada is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and typically involves small celebrations and gift-giving to one’s mother, grandmother, or other important female figures in one’s family. Many people in Canada express their gratitude towards mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day. Here are EC’s suggestions to enjoy Mom’s Day: – Picnic at Stanley Park: If the weather is good and a fancy meal isn’t in the budget, create a Mother’s Day feast to remember at Stanley Park. There are plenty of great family activities to do in the park, too. Bike, stroll the Seawall or take Mom for a walk through the blooming gardens – Celebrate with Afternoon Tea: If Mom loves jazz, take her to Mother’s Day Tea at the Cellar Jazz Club. Listen to the Jennifer Scott Quartet at this fixed-price tea that includes mini croissants and almond petit fours. – Give Her a Spa Day: Moms don’t always treat themselves as well as they treat their families, so why not give Mom the gift of relaxation and indulgence at a Vancouver spa? – Stroll through a Garden: Lots of the flowers and plants in Vancouver’s gardens are in full bloom by mid-May, just in time for Mother’s Day. Strolling in the gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park or Stanley Park is free, or you can splurge a little and spend the day at VanDusen Botanical Gardens after brunch at the Shaughnessy Restaurant.    Have fun spending the day with your dear mother!     ===== Discover EC Vancouver and learn more about our academic English course      

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is one of the most popular shopping day of the year. Boxing Day is upon us and arrives on December 26th and sales usually continue throughout the week. Traditionally, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas Day, when the servants got gifts from their employers, known as a “Christmas box”. People also spent more time with their family. They just relaxed during the day and before the New Years celebrations arrive. Today, Boxing Day is known as the Shopping Holiday. Since it is a federal holiday, EC Vancouver is closed. You can find really good deals, especially one electrical appliances. Stores downtown and especially on Robson Street will be full of discount sales and packed with people. Shoppers even wait in front of the stores until they open, which is usually before the normal time. The best thing that you can do is go early in the morning or late in the evening. Enjoy your shopping!

Business Myths and Facts – by Sarah Finlayson Spalinger

LSC/EC Vancouver offers many business classes. We have International Business English (IBE) during AB class, Business English (BEC), Business in Action, Power Presentations during C class and Workplace Readiness and Hospitality and Tourism during CD class. Many students shy away from taking these classes because of incorrect assumptions.  Here is a list of common myths students have about these classes at LSC/EC Vancouver and the facts that disprove them.  1. Myth:  Students need to be advanced English speakers to take business classes.       Fact:   We provide business classes for almost all levels. We have four levels of IBE (pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced). BEC, Business in Action and Power Presentations are for students in lower-intermediate and above. Students must be in intermediate to take Workplace Readiness and Hospitality and Tourism.   2. Myth: You need to have work experience to take business classes. You need to be a university student in a business program.      Fact:    Many students do have business experience. Many students study or have studied business at university.  Neither of these are requirements.   3. Myth: Students don’t learn any grammar in IBE and there is no speaking practice in business courses.       Fact:  IBE is an English course with a business focus. Students practice the speaking, listening, reading and writing and also work on grammar and pronunciation.  Classes are full of speaking activities    4. Myth: Business courses cost more.      Fact:     Business courses cost the same as general English.   5.  Myth:  Students need to wear business clothes in business classes.       Fact:    You can wear business clothes if you want, but this is not required.   6.   Myth:  Business courses are not useful for people who don’t want a career in business.        Fact:    Students work on practical activities such as using the phone and writing emails. These skills that can be applied to … Read more

A student testimonial of the week – Tatiana Makino

“When I was in VancouverI lived in a homestay with the best host family I could have. I had a host mother, a host father, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. I have no words to describe them.  They gave me all the support to make me feel great. I felt very happy and comfortable all the time as if I was a real member of their family. I spent Christmas, New Years and my birthday there. It was the first time that I wasn’t with my family and I was a little bit afraid because of this, but fortunately I had an unforgettable time with my host family. My host mom Agostina always made sure that I was doing well and asked if I was enjoying her house. When I was at home I liked talking to her about my life and my future plans because she always gave me good advice, not only about Vancouver, but about everything. She used to say this phrase: “If you never try, you will never know, right?” I will never forget this.  I will carry this thought all my life. Also, when I was at home I spent my free time playing with my brothers. I used to play “Barbie game” with my cute youngest sister and I played video games with my brother. Sometimes, my brothers, my roommates and I used to watch a movie all together. If I had to choose the best moment with them, I would choose my birthday. My mom bought a cake and some sushi and my sister made a chocolate cream by herself, SO CUTE! After dinner, we played a lot with a big balloon and I felt like a child. Before going to bed, we watched a movie with some popcorn, pizza, and cake. Those … Read more

Cambridge course is starting today. Check out some tips from one of our teachers.

 Jim Moore has been helping students to prepare for their Cambridge exams at LSC/ EC Vancouver since 2006.   “In my experience, students sometimes enter exam preparation classes simply for the personal challenge involved, with the general goal of improving their English skills.  Such students say that they find motivation simply in the possibility of passing or failing an internationally recognized exam.   This is sometimes true.  However, our students more often have already identified a specific need for a Cambridge certificate.  For example, I’ve met primary school teachers who need the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) in order to teach English to pupils in Switzerland.  Others need to earn the First Certificate in English (FCE) or CAE as part of their application to a particular academic institution or to improve their employment prospects.  Very strong students who require proof of an even higher level of proficiency prepare for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). When preparing for FCE, CAE or CPE, it is critical to make a commitment to improving your speaking, writing and listening skills, but, above all, your reading skills.  This final skill is essential not only to Cambridge Reading exams but also to Writing, Use of English, and Listening exams, which require strong reading comprehension if you wish to achieve your highest potential score.  Although your teacher can help you to avoid common pitfalls experienced by Cambridge exam takers, it is important to realize that there are no ways to bluff through these exams.    Thinking in English is necessary in order to process the information quickly enough to pass or, even better, excel.  For this reason, it is imperative to read as much and as widely as possible outside of class so that you can take full advantage of the exam skills that you will develop in your preparation classes.”

Meet one of our students

    Cristina Chmelirsh is a student from Germany enrolled at EC/LSC Vancouver from October 2011 to April 2012.   1) Why did you choose Vancouver? I chose Vancouver because some of my friends, who had already been here for a while,  recommended it to me. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. It is a city by the seaside and is surrounded by the mountains with breath-taking sunsets. Vancouver offers a lot of possibilities to enjoy outdoor activities. It is possible to go swimming on its beaches in the summer and to go skiing in the wintertime.  2) Tell us about your experience at EC Vancouver I really enjoy my time at school. I wouldn’t call it exhausting. Even though the teachers have a heavy schedule, they are very keen and open to questions.  3) Tell us about the friends you have made here. I made friends from a lot of different nationalities here. It’s a fortunate circumstance that there are only a few Germans and respectively only a few German speaking students, so I am not tempted to speak my native language. There’s a great opportunity at the school to network with interesting people from different cultures and different backgrounds. There is one thing in particular which fascinates me here day after day: When you sit at a table with international students and everyone talks about their habits and traditions in their home country.  4) Which activities have you participated in (Rockies, Whistler …)? Tell us about your favourite … I have been to Seattle, Victoria, Whistler and on a trip to the Rocky Mountains. My favourite one was the trip to the Rocky Mountains. Each day of that trip was a fantastic experience for me. We saw untouched nature like I had never … Read more